This is a procedure to remove part or all of a toenail that has grown into the surrounding skin.
Ingrown nails are removed when the toe has become so inflamed or infected that no other treatment will work to cure the problem.
The skin is cleansed with an antibacterial solution or alcohol. A local anesthetic is injected into the toe to numb part or all of the toe. A tourniquet may be put around the base of your toe to decrease bleeding during the procedure. Then your healthcare provider will cut away and remove part or all of the toenail. Afterwards an antibiotic and a bandage are put on the toe. You can go home soon after the nail is removed.
If you have had several ingrown nails in the same toe, your provider may destroy part of the area that the nail grows from. This can be done with a chemical or electrocautery (burning with an electric current). It may help to prevent the nail from becoming ingrown again.
Your toe hurts because the toenail is growing into it. Removing part of the nail is the only way to make it feel better and cure the problem.
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